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Bruges or Ghent as a home base for 5 days in Belgium?
(Feel free to explain why.)

Posted by
1281 posts

Ghent or Gent!

It's great, loads to see, brilliant sights, easy connections to the rest of Flanders. Bruges is nice too, worth a day-trip, definitely.

Posted by
90 posts

We spent 4 nights in Bruges with a daytrip to Ghent last June. We were glad we chose Bruges over Ghent as our homebase. Something about the quaintness of Bruges won us over more than Ghent. We enjoyed our day trip to Ghent but were more satisfied with Bruges.

Posted by
8058 posts

Ghent had a more lively night life and not the the tourist bus day trip groups walking in line down street gawking

Posted by
489 posts

Just there last fall.
We spent 4 nights in Bruges and like it after the busses left. Lots to see and do, however Ghent is a very easy train ride to Bruges ,
We only spent one day in Ghent and could have stayed longer. It is much more urban. RS walking tour of Ghent is good.

Posted by
33299 posts

On some days I prefer Ghent/Gent - on others Brugge/Bruges.

Posted by
504 posts

As a base, Ghent. It has better rail connections and more to do, right there. Bruges would work, especially if you are interested in day trips to Ypres or Ostend. They're both big tourist cities, but Bruges is magical if you stay there after the buses have left for the day. More tourists stay overnight in Ghent.

So, neither is a bad choice. I think Ghent is a little better.

Posted by
4471 posts

I have not been to either, but Ypres should be at the top of your list for day trips if you haven't been to a WWI battlefield.

Posted by
145 posts

Do you have a favorite hotel/B&B in Bruges? I've contacted some in RS' book and they are mostly full.

Posted by
307 posts

Don't have a hotel/B&B recommendations for Bruges but can highly recommend the Hotel Carlton in Ghent.
The hotel is about a quarter mile from the train station and very convenient to to bus lines in Ghent. The proprietors are excellent guides for the area. The hotel also has a top notch breakfast.

Posted by
64 posts

We stayed at the Patritius Hotel in Bruges a couple of years ago and loved the location as well as the comfort of the hotel. It was a delightful family run hotel. We also enjoyed being in Bruges after the tour buses left.